Oscars 2019 ceremony to go without host after row

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"We all got on board with that idea pretty quickly", Burke told reporters at the Television Critics Association meeting in the Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena.

ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co televises the Oscars ceremony annually and is closely involved in planning the telecast.

"Ironically, the lack of clarity surrounding the Oscars has kept the Oscars really in the conversation and the mystery has been compelling".

'I thought it was an incredibly smart rethink and re-telling of that story, ' Burke said during her executive session at the TCA Winter Press Tour.

For the first time in three decades, the Oscars will officially have no host.

Owing to the homophobic tweets that surfaced online back in December, comedian Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscar ceremony.

"There wasn't messiness beyond the Kevin Hart situation".

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"This time, ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke says the decision to go without a host was made "wisely" by the show's producers".

"The main goal, which I'm told the Academy promised past year, is to keep the show to three hours", Burke added.

The head of ABC Entertainment, which airs the Academy Awards ceremony, said it would instead highlight celebrities presenting the trophies.

She added the Oscar nominee luncheon on Tuesday "was a very exciting room to be in".

"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's.this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many wonderful talented artists", he tweeted, just two days after being announced as host. "We have a phenomenal music show if we just wanted to put that on".

Burke noted that three of the other best picture nominees - Disney's Black Panther, Warner Bros A Star is Born and 21st Century Fox musical Bohemian Rhapsody - had each taken in more than $200 million at the North American box office alone.

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